COURSES FOR INTERNATIONALS

This course is designed for students and professionals from outside of Africa. It has a solid grounding in wildlife forensics with educational touristic activities. The course focuses on knowledge building and skills creation with interactive learning in the ecology of greater Cape Town.

The training includes the following:

  • Introduction to wildlife crime, poaching and illegal trade,
  • Preservation of a crime scene,
  • Role of forensics,
  • Forensic traces (detection and collection),
  • Crime scene management
  • Forensic photography
  • Wildlife anatomy and handling
  • Forensic veterinary pathology
  • Human-wildlife conflict
  • Hands-on experience laboratory
    • Human behaviour at the crime scene
    • Virtual reality training
    • Crime scene scenario training African park management and conservation
  • African park management and conservation
  • Digital forensics
  • Court house training
  • Injured and poisoned animal management
  • One health wildlife and human risks and prevention
  • South African fauna and flora
  • Forensic Laboratory tour

 

There are many educational touristic activities:

  • San Cultural experience
  • West Coast Fossil Park
  • Marine conservation and research
  • Fynbos walk
  • Tour of Cape Point and Table Mountain
  • Cape Town waterfront and aquarium
  • Sea bird and raptor rehabilitation
  • Cheetah outreach
  • Game drives and big five reserve visits.
  • There will also be a social morning with surfing/sea kayaking/whale watching.

Cost $3250, which includes accommodation, catering, transport and permits. Alcoholic drinks and transport to Cape Town are excluded.

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Internationals course - 4 weeks

This course builds on the two week course with another two weeks of expanded practical training and lectures with not only forensic but also veterinary and ecology topics. The venue will be the Wildlife Forensic Academy in the Western Cape and other educational sites in the Karoo and Eastern Cape. This course is suitable for wanting to receive a unique African Wildlife educational experience in the fields of wildlife forensics, veterinary science and ecology.

The training includes the following:

  • Introduction to wildlife crime, poaching and illegal trade,
  • Preservation of a crime scene,
  • Role of forensics,
  • Forensic traces (detection and collection),
  • Crime scene management
  • Forensic photography
  • Wildlife anatomy and handling
  • Forensic veterinary pathology
  • Human-wildlife conflict
  • Hands-on experience laboratory
    • Human behaviour at the crime scene
    • Virtual reality training
    • Crime scene scenario training African park management and conservation
  • African park management and conservation
  • Digital forensics
  • Court house training
  • Injured and poisoned animal management
  • One health wildlife and human risks and prevention
  • South African fauna and flora
  • Forensic Laboratory tour
  • Field visit to Landmark Foundation research site in the Karoo, where promising research is being done to decrease predator and livestock conflicts and therefore retaliation predator killings
  • Basic African ranger training exposure
  • Field visit to Amakhala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape, for the following training:
    • Practical conservation management and conservation principles
    • Anti-poaching activities and experiences
    • Veterinary role in African conservation
    • Species specific management
    • Re-introductions and sustainable utilization
    • Applied veterinary pharmacology
    • Wildlife capture and immobilisation practicals
    • Handling and containment of animals
    • Protected area systems and economics
    • Socio-economic issues to consider in African conservation
    • Comparing conservation models
    • Pathology and stress related mortalities
    • Helicopter exercise
    • Night drive telemetry with nocturnal species
    • Excursions: Game walks, game drives, sunrise solitaire, canoeing/river cruise, Born Free centre.

 

There are many educational touristic activities:

  • San Cultural experience
  • West Coast Fossil Park
  • Marine conservation and research
  • Fynbos walk
  • Tour of Cape Point and Table Mountain
  • Cape Town waterfront and aquarium
  • Sea bird and raptor rehabilitation
  • Cheetah outreach
  • Game drives and big five reserve visits.
  • There will also be a social morning with surfing/sea kayaking/whale watching.

 

This course goes into depth and provides hands-on training for a unique African wildlife educational experience. The theory and knowledge gained from training at the Wildlife Forensic Academy is built on by field training that makes for a once in a lifetime experience.

Cost $6400, which includes accommodation, catering, transport and permits. Alcoholic drinks and transport to Cape Town are excluded.

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FORENSIC INTELLIGENCE

COURSE DETAILS

The data science for nature conservation course is organised by the Wildlife Forensic Academy and Sensing Clues Academy. The course is highly hands-on. You can work on rich datasets provided by the trainers, or work on your own data. The maximum number of participants per course is 12.

Participants should have MSc-level or about to complete their MSc studies. Basic knowledge of statistics is a pre, as is experience with Python or R-Studio. 

The training course spans 10 days and comes with an 8 hour personal online support. The first 3 days are online and used to introduce you to a number of core methods and technologies. The core of the training is given at the Wildlife Forensic Academy in South Africa. Classroom sessions are alternated with CSI-field exercises and excursions. After the training is completed you can ask for hands-on support while working on your own anti-poaching strategies. 

 

YOUR TRAINERS

  • Hugo, MSc, Data Scientist and Lead Trainer
  • Koen, PhD, MSc, Ecologist and Data Scientist
  • Madelon, MSc, Criminologist
  • Rutger, PhD, MSc. Big Data Analytics and Intelligence
  • Judith, MSc, Business Analyst and Allround trainer
  • Jan Kees, PhD, MSc. Law enforcement, IT and Natural Resources Management

 

PRICE

The package, including accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner in South Africa. Please enquire admin@wildlifeforensicacademy.com for a price for the course.

STUDY TOURS & VISITS

 

Conflicts between people and nature are increasing. As a result of population growth, livelihood expansion and development, wild animal numbers and species are decreasing.  Intensive agriculture promotes managed mono-cultures, resulting in the habitat of animals becoming increasingly smaller. Due to overpopulation and intensive industries, we are polluting our planet and transforming it into a garbage dump.

The good news is that people and organizations are starting to realize more and more that the exploitation of our environment must be stopped. Businesses, organizations and groups of like-minded people educate themselves on the current situation of our planet and ask themselves how can we make a contribution? To facilitate these groups, the Wildlife Forensic Academy organizes study trips.

During these trips you will hear the real story regarding the state of wildlife and the hope that we can save what still can be saved. Lectures and excursions are organized under the guidance of passionate professionals. During the trip you will gain insight into the threat that wildlife crime and the illegal wildlife trade holds for our planet. We visit projects, we go to communities and we get inspired by speakers.  Everything takes place within the Western and Eastern Cape where we also get acquainted with rich African history, wine and food culture in the finest locations. The study visit takes place in an entirely malaria-free environment. For this purpose, please do not burden yourself before and afterwards with taking malaria medication. 

This course is a luxury educational wildlife forensic study tour. The lectures and practical training immerse you in the field of wildlife forensics, providing solid background information and team building experiences. The duration of the course is flexible and can be tailored to suit each individual.

The academy educational component will include:

  • Introduction to wildlife crime, poaching and illegal trade,
  • Preservation of a crime scene,
  • Role of forensics,
  • Forensic traces (detection and collection),
  • Wildlife anatomy and handling
  • Hands-on experience laboratory
    • Human behaviour at the crime scene
    • Virtual reality training
    • Crime scene scenario training

There are many touristic activities:

  • Fynbos educational walk
  • Franschoek Wine Tram Tour
  • Spier Bird of Prey Project
  • Cape Point and Table Mountain tour
  • Aquarium educational tour
  • Community visit

 

Cost depends on duration, which includes accommodation, catering, transport and permits. Certain alcoholic drinks and transport to Cape Town are excluded.

Please get in touch with us for applying at the Academy, further information or questions.

Andro Vos
andro.vos@wildlifeforensicacademy.com

Greg Simpson
greg.simpson@wildlifeforensicacademy.com

COURSES FOR AFRICANS

The academy offers training for African professionals such as rangers, law enforcement officials, customs officials and students in ecology, zoology, conservation medicine, veterinary science and other relevant courses.

The courses are designed to give knowledge and skills that are relevant to the African professional that will be exposed to wildlife crime scenes or illegal wildlife trade. The course level will be appropriate for the attendees.

Courses

  • Forensic awareness
  • Crime scene management
  • Wildlife trafficking
  • Forensic photography

Africans condensed academy course – 1 week

 

This is a focused training program for professionals and students wanting to increase their knowledge and skills in the field of wildlife forensics. It is suitable for African law enforcement and customs officials, wildlife rangers, judiciary and those with an interest in developing knowledge and confidence in the wildlife forensic field.

The training will include the following:

  • Introduction to wildlife crime, poaching and illegal trade,
  • Preservation of a crime scene,
  • Role of forensics,
  • Forensic traces (detection and collection),
  • Crime scene management
  • Forensic photography
  • Wildlife anatomy, handling and first aid
  • Forensic veterinary pathology
  • Hands-on experience laboratory
    • Human behaviour at the crime scene
    • Virtual reality training
    • Crime scene scenario training

 

The educational touristic activities:

  • West Coast Fossil Park
  • West Coast National Park fynbos walk

Game drives and educational walks in surrounding reserves will supplement the training. The training will be done in a reserve on the West Coast of South Africa.

Cost $900, which includes accommodation, catering, transport and permits. Alcoholic drinks and transport to Cape Town are excluded.

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Africans condensed academy course – 2 weeks

 

This course is designed for students and professionals from Africa. It gives in-depth training of wildlife forensics and crime scene management. It is suitable for African law enforcement and customs officials, wildlife rangers, judiciary and those with an interest into getting a practical background to the field and developing their crime scene management skills.

The training includes the following:

  • Introduction to wildlife crime, poaching and illegal trade,
  • Preservation of a crime scene,
  • Role of forensics,
  • Forensic traces (detection and collection),
  • Crime scene management
  • Forensic photography
  • Wildlife anatomy and handling
  • Forensic veterinary pathology
  • Human-wildlife conflict
  • Hands-on experience laboratory
    • Human behaviour at the crime scene
    • Virtual reality training
    • Crime scene scenario training African park management and conservation
  • Digital forensics
  • Court house training
  • Injured and poisoned animal management
  • One health wildlife and human risks and prevention
  • South African fauna and flora
  • Forensic Laboratory tour

 

There are educational touristic activities:

  • West Coast Fossil Park
  • Marine conservation and research
  • Fynbos walk
  • Cape Town waterfront and aquarium

 

Cost $1950, which includes accommodation, catering, transport and permits. Alcoholic drinks and transport to Cape Town are excluded.

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Underwater Crime Scene Investigator Diver course

This course is designed for international students from outside of Africa. It has a solid grounding in underwater wildlife forensics with educational touristic activities. The course focuses on knowledge building and skills creation with interactive learning in the underwater ecology of greater Cape Town.

The training includes the following:

Week 1: basic diving course PADI open water diver including:

  • Introduction to: wildlife crime, wildlife poaching, wildlife trafficking,
  • Introduction under water wildlife crime scenes
  • Theory diving
  • 5 scuba dives in confined water (swimming pool)
  • 4 scuba dives in open water (ocean)


Week 2: Underwater Crime Scene Investigator Diver

Theory

  • Preservation of an underwater crime scene,
  • Role of  underwater forensics,
  • Underwater forensic traces (detection and collection),
  • Underwater crime scene management
  • Introduction firearms


Practice

Training and familiarization  with the:

  • underwater air lift
  • underwater drone
  • underwater metal detector (two types: Fisher and Ebinger)
  • full face mask (two types: Interspiro and Oceanreef)
  • GoPro camera for photography and video
  • multiparameter photometer for testing water quality for 12 parameters (pH, dissolved oxygen, copper, phosphorus, phosphate, chlorine, calcium, ammonia, alkalinity, nitrite)
  • sampling and collecting DNA
  • sampling and collecting fingerprints
  • sampling and collecting blood traces
  • applying underwater search patterns
  • salvaging objects with special tubes
  • body recovering


Cost $3250, which includes accommodation, catering, transport and permits. Alcoholic drinks and transport to Cape Town are excluded

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Internships

The Wildlife Forensic Academy can also help provide internships to students who wish to extend their experience beyond a course. Please indicate your interest in the course application page and we will contact you for more information.

 Internship partners

To provide you with the best and most reliable internships, the Wildlife Forensic Academy cooperates with two experienced internship organisations in Cape Town as well as providing its own internships. You only have to choose the internship field.

 Process

Simply fill in your application form for a course and indicate that you would like to do an internship as well. The Academy and our internship partners will contact you to make sure they have the information needed, such as your CV and internship field of interest. Based on this we will offer you opportunities at organisations which best suit your interests.

We will assist you with your visa and will arrange your accommodation. We’ll also pick you up from the academy, and travel with you on your first day to introduce you to your internship organisation.

 Internship fields

  • Forensic Science
  • Forensic laboratory (remove)
  • Biology 
  • Conservation
  • Veterinary Science
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science 
  • Law and Public Policy 
  • Human Rights 

 

Internship places

  • Diagnostic Research Centre
  • Scientific internships and research in a laboratory that deals with the immune system
  • Wildlife Institute in the field of data recording, research and analysis
  • The Nature Conservation Institute in the field of “alien planting”
  • Maritime conservation institution
  • Human science research internship and data capture
  • Disease and infection institute
  • Research internship including the promotion of clinical and microbiological research for diagnosis and treatment
  • AIDS and HIV research centre

 

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SUPPORT A RANGER

Wildlife Forensic Academy’s ultimate goal is to combat wildlife crime. This task is being carried out by brave wildlife rangers, who are usually first to discover and enter a wildlife crime scene. However, due to a lack of forensic knowledge, they tend to destroy valuable evidence, thus they must be trained in crime scene awareness. By taking part in a course the Academy is set to offer ranger training at a low cost!

Apply for a course and support ranger training.